Memorial Day Menu Ideas 2013


Clean your grills and pack your beach bags…it’s the official start of summer!

 Yes, Memorial Day is really here already.  Where does the time go?  Sorry for my lack of posts this week but I have been keeping very busy here in California.  We started out in San Diego and made our way up to L.A. and spent the last few days there.  We packed a lot in and slept a very minimal amount so that we could see everything we wanted to see in those few days….totally worth it!

Tuesday night we went to Santa Monica and hung out for a little bit and then drove to Pasadena and had dinner there.  Wednesday we hit up Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Mr. Wishes also took me on a little detour to see the studio where “The Office” was filmed.  That was the highlight of my trip so far as that is my favorite show in the ENTIRE world.  I was over the moon!  We then met up with our friend Emily at night and hung out on her boyfriend’s sailboat for a while and chatted. Yesterday we went to Malibu and had a nice relaxing afternoon there and then visited the Santa Monica Pier one last time before heading back to San Diego.  I’m really loving it here…

I hope everyone gets to have some time to relax and spend down time with family this Memorial Day.  I also know that this holiday requires an abundance of food to celebrate, so I am giving you some ideas to help you out:

Main Course

Caprese Burgers on English Muffins with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Burgers & Balsamic Glaze on English Muffins

Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts. Variation of tacos and sloppy joes.

Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts

Appetizers and Side Dishes

Mango Guacamole with Cilantro for Cinco de Mayo Recipe

Key Lime Dip

Caprese on a Stick. Caprese salad on toothpicks Recipe

Caprese on a Stick

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad made by Rachael Ray on the Food Network.

Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Summertime Grilled Corn, Chicken + Blueberry Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Summertime Chopped Salad

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing

Hearty Beef Taco Salad

Hearty Beef Taco Salad


Key Lime Pie Dip Recipe. Key Lime pie in a dip form!

Key Lime Pie Dip

Frozen S'mores made with Perry's Peanut Butter Chip Frozen Yogurt

Frozen S’mores

Golden Graham S'mores Bars

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars

Buckeye Brownies made with Brownie Mix

Buckeye Brownies

Watermelon Lemon Cooler with Mint

Watermelon Lemon Cooler

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

24 Responses to “Memorial Day Menu Ideas 2013”

  1. May 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM #

    Great ideas! They are definitely perfect for this weekend and all sound delicious 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • May 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

      Thank you!! Have a great weekend!!

  2. May 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM #

    Great selection of recipes for Memorial Day. Everything looks super delicious! Sounds like your trip to L.A. was awesome. I’ve never been to the Santa Monica Pier and I live in California.. I must go soon, though! I miss the beach.

    • May 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM #

      The Santa Monica Pier was my favorite part of California so far!! You have to go sometime!

  3. May 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM #

    OMG– those caprese burgers. I am in love! Happy Memorial Day, friend!!

    • May 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

      Happy Memorial day to you, too!!

  4. May 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM #

    that hasselback cheesy garlic bread looks insanely delicious. as does everything else – so many yummy things! hope you continue to have a great vacation!

    • May 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

      Thanks, Jenn!! Sorry I am just seeing your comment now and didn’t respond earlier.

  5. May 25, 2013 at 1:50 AM #

    Where did you eat in Pasadena? That’s my hood!!

    I’m loving these recipes, especially all the caprese variations. I think if I eat a giant hunk of fresh mozzarella and a whole tub of guac this Monday, I’ll consider Memorial Day a success! 🙂

    • May 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

      Sorry I just saw this comment!! I ate at Mi Piace?? I think that’s what it was called. So good! You live in Pasadena? SO jealous!

      • May 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM #

        Yes, the Italian place in Old Town! Super good. We’ve lived in several different areas around LA but Pasadena is by far our favorite–we really, really love it. So fun that you were visiting!

        • May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM #

          I fell in love with Pasadena! I’d have to say it was my favorite stop in LA. So cool that you live there and can visit anytime you want 🙂

  6. May 25, 2013 at 5:09 AM #

    Ok so we don’t have Memorial Day celebrations here but I need to make at least 1/2 of these 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • May 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

      You don’t need an excuse to make good food! haha

  7. May 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM #

    Sounds like you’re having a lovely time in southern California Ashley. 🙂 Love the recipe round-up here. Everything looks delicious!

    • May 26, 2013 at 5:09 AM #

      I am – thank you, Anne!

  8. May 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

    Oooh, burgers on English muffins. What a different idea!

    • May 26, 2013 at 5:09 AM #

      I got the idea from a restaurant and it was so good!

  9. May 25, 2013 at 11:56 PM #

    These all look delicious. Wow it sounds like you and your hubby have had a whirlwind of a week traveling all over California. Have a great holiday and be careful making your way back home.

    • May 26, 2013 at 5:09 AM #

      It has been a whirlwind but in a good way! Thanks, Vicki! 🙂

  10. May 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

    Sounds like you’re having a terrific time! Thanks for all of these wonderful ideas for Memorial Day. I love this holiday, both for what it means, and because it’s the beginning of summer! Hope your holiday is wonderful.

    • May 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

      I agree completely!! Thanks John and I hope you have a great holiday, as well 🙂

  11. May 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM #

    Your trip sounds more and more amazing! And all of these recipes are perfect for all summer long.

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